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Maya Karin


Maya Karin, born Maya Karin Roelcke to a German father and a Malaysian-Chinese mother, is a popular Malaysian film actress, television host, and singer. Praised by critics and the public for her award-winning and memorable performances in movies such as "Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam" (2004) and "Ombak Rindu" (2011), she is now one of the leading and established actresses in Malaysia's film industry. She hold the record for an actress with most Best Actress Award nominations (7) and the youngest actress to have won the award twice. She is also the first of only two Malaysian actresses to have won the prestigious Best Actress Award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.


In 2002, Ms. Roelcke recorded her debut music album, "Erti Cinta" (Definition of Love). The album garnered her nominations for Best New Singer and Best Video awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (Malaysia's version of the Grammy Awards). Her second album is "Bukan Qalamaya" (2004). In 2013, she signed up with Warner Music Malaysia and made her comeback from a nine-year hiatus in music, with a single "Bintang Syurga." Her long awaited latest album titled "Teka-Teki" was released in March 2014 and was launched in April 2014 at No Black Tie.


Maya Karin's mass popularity as an actress and entertainer has seen her appointed as ambassador for various products starting with Wella in 2001, followed by Pantene, and Yishion in 2003. In 2006, she was appointed Malaysian first Ambassador and Power Icon for local telecommunications giant Celcom. By 2007, she is the only female brand ambassador for Celcom, a role she shares with other celebrities such as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Leehom Wang, Robert Pires and Indonesian popular band Peterpan. The same year, she was given the prestigious role of spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris Malaysia and until now endorses its skincare, cosmetics and haircare line. Other partnerships since then include Tag Heuer, Nescafe, Innershine, Dulux, Vono and Sorella.


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